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The Golden Easter Egg

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The Biz (Fairfield, NSW : 1928 – 1972), Wed 14 Apr, 1965, Page 5.

The Golden Easter Egg

With over 50 years of history, the Golden Easter Egg  remains the feature event for three year old fillies at Fairfield Paceway on Easter Monday.

The Biz, in 1965 wrote ” Fairfield Paceway will hold its first Golden Easter Egg meeting next Saturday, April 17, when the prize for the classic event will be valued at £350, plus trophy.

The classic event will be for 3-year-old fillies and run over a distance of 12  furlongs. The trophy is a gold Easter egg, mounted on a silver nest and is valued at £75. It was donated by Inhams Enterprises, who have promised to sponsor a similar event in 1966. The official spokesman for Fairfield Paceway, Mr. Pat McCabe, said this week that Inghams Enterprises would increase the value of their trophy to £1000 next year.”

Compare to its debut in 1965, this year, the Golden Easter Egg carried a prize money of $9,000, with a trophy and a rug, making the race worth in excess of $10,000.

The Golden Easter Egg was first conducted in 1965 and was running until 2004. After a decade of absence, the race returned in 2014 when the Fairfield Harness Racing Club was given the opportunity to race on Easter Monday.

Many winners of the Golden Easter Egg have gone onto become broodmare ‘gems’ with previous victors such as Smart Fancy, Stormy Helen, Gloomy Lass, Serene Queen and Miss Paula all graduating to the breeding barn with notable success. For the past two years, the race was won by Paul Fitzpatrick with Shes Got Issues winning last year while Ocean Diva was successful in 2014.

 [Source: The Biz , 14 April 1965,  p 5]

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